“How Important Were Weaknesses and Divisions Among His
Opponents in Explaining Hitler’s Rise to Power?”
Hitler would have us believe that his rise to power was inevitable and that it was his destiny to become Chancellor of Germany in 1933. However, with hindsight, we can clearly see that it was a fortunate combination of events prior to January 1933 which allowed Hitler to become Chancellor of Germany. Weaknesses and divisions among his opponents was one such reason. These were failures made by the left and right wing politicians in Germany which allowed Hitler to become Chancellor in 1933. Therefore weaknesses and divisions among his opponents were quite important in explaining Hitler’s rise to power. However this is only one reason. Many other factors contributed to Hitler becoming Chancellor of Germany in 1933 such as the Great Depression of 1929, which made people begin to listen to Hitler, and Hitler’s leadership skills, which allowed him to make people believe and agree with Nazi ideologies and policies. Also, factors such as Nazi tactics, which helped to publicise the Nazis, Nazi policies, which helped impress people and win votes, and the weaknesses of the Weimar Government, which ‘pushed’ the German people towards extremist parties such as the Nazis, are important in explaining Hitler’s rise to power.
Weaknesses and divisions among his opponents are extremely important in explaining Hitler’s rise to power. These were weaknesses in both his left and right wing opponents in Germany. The weakness of his left wing opponents was their failure to cooperate with each other. Both the Communists (KPD) and the Socialists (SPD) didn’t get on very well ever since the events that had taken place concerning the two parties during the Spartacist rebellion of 1919. Both parties therefore resented the other. This meant that because they were arguing, they failed to recognise and join together to stop the threat posed by Hitler and the Nazis. This division was a...